1 The Netherlands have gone from third place at the World Cup last year to not even being able to finish third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group a little over 12 months later.The result is that the nation that won the 1988 European Championship and has appeared in three other Euro semi-finals, has failed to qualify for the continent’s big tournament for the first time since 1984.And this when the competition has been expanded to include 24 teams, making it virtually impossible for the leading nations to miss out.But miss out Holland have, and people couldn’t miss this opportunity to make a few jokes at the Dutch’s expense. Holland
Month: December 2019
‘Pato would either be Liverpool’s next Suarez or next Balotelli’ – Fan reaction mixed to reports linking Brazil forward with Anfield switch
Brazil forward Alexandre Pato Brazil forward Alexandre Pato could be set for a shock January move to Liverpool…but Reds fans aren’t entirely convinced by the rumours.Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla claimed on his own website on Saturday that a deal is already in place to see the 26-year-old make a €20million Anfield switch when the transfer window opens.Pato is currently on-loan at Brazilian side Sao Paulo, where he has scored 25 goals so far this season, and he is apparently unwanted by parent club Corinthians, with the forward himself confirming he will leave the club when his loan spell expires in January.The striker suggested a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, and it seems Liverpool may have beaten rivals Manchester United and West Ham to signing the former AC Milan star.Despite his goalscoring pedigree, though, it seems not all Reds fans are excited about the news and worry about the repercussions of adding another frontman with a history of injury problems to their squad.Fans from Brazil, however, disagree.Check out how they reacted to the reports below! 1
Liverpool and Tottenham target Ezequiel Lavezzi “wants to play in Italy”, according to his agent.The winger’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer and he is unlikely to extend his stay.Liverpool and Spurs have expressed an interest, as have several sides in Serie A, with reports last week suggesting the player had already entered talks with both Inter Milan and JuventusAnd now Lavezzi’s agent, Alejandro Mazzoni, has admitted that his client wants to play in Italy once again.“In football everything is possible, and PSG have a very strong team,” Mazzoni told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“Lavezzi’s contract is set to expire, and if he doesn’t renew, he’ll be free to talk to other clubs in February.“He misses Italian football a lot and he wants to go back to Italy. [Napoli] president [Aurelio] De Laurentiis was clear that he didn’t want his return to Napoli. The Azzurri have a strong team.“Right now we can’t speculate on a turn of mind, but we’ll see.” 1 Ezequiel Lavezzi
Championship clubs Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Bolton have all been placed under a transfer embargo for the rest of the season after breaking Financial Fair Play rules during the 2014-15 campaign, the Football League has announced.Fulham and Nottingham Forest were sanctioned after exceeding an adjusted loss of £6million – the maximum rules allow – while Bolton were punished after being unable to submit their FFP return owing to their current off-field situation which has seen them served with a winding-up petition by HMRC over an unpaid tax bill.The punishment means all three clubs will be unable to sign players in next month’s transfer window.Last season’s Championship winners Bournemouth also posted losses of more than £6million and will face a fine, the amount of which is yet to be revealed.Millwall, who were relegated to League One last term, also went over the maximum deviation of losses, but will not be punished.A Football League statement read: “An initial analysis of Financial Fair Play submissions from clubs that played in the Sky Bet Championship last season has resulted in three clubs being subject to sanctions, under rules agreed with league clubs in April 2012.“All three exceeded the maximum permitted deviation of £6m – consisting of a maximum adjusted loss of £3m plus a further maximum of £3m of shareholder investment.“Champions AFC Bournemouth will face a financial sanction to be finalised in due course, while Fulham and Nottingham Forest will be subject to an ‘FFP embargo’ for the remainder of the current campaign. Both clubs will have the opportunity to have their FFP embargo lifted at the end of the season by demonstrating that they have stayed within the maximum permitted deviation of £13m (£5m loss plus £8m shareholder investment) for the 2015/16 season.“A further club, Millwall, also exceeded the maximum permitted deviation but will not face any further sanction, in line with Championship FFP regulations, following the club’s relegation to League One as it was not deemed to have gained any significant advantage.“The Football League is currently in discussions with a number of other clubs over their FFP submissions and will confirm any further FFP embargoes, if any, in due course.“Bolton Wanderers did not submit an FFP return owing to the club’s ongoing financial difficulties. As a result, the club will not be permitted to sign any players until it has complied with its obligations under the Championship’s FFP regulations.” 1 Championship trio placed under transfer embargo for breaking FFP rules
1 Juventus have been keeping a close watch on Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera in recent weeks with a view to making a January bid, according to reports in Italy.The Serie A champions are on the lookout for a creative midfielder this month and may submit an offer for Herrera should their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan turn cold.According to Tuttosport, Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri was accompanied by director Beppe Marotta at Old Trafford for United’s clash with Chelsea last month.Herrera is a fan favourite at Old Trafford but has yet to cement a place in United’s starting XI with Louis van Gaal regularly chopping and changing his midfield.The Spaniard has made just nine league starts for United this term, although he did spend a month on the sidelines through injury.But with United’s place in next season’s Champions League under threat, Herrera could be tempted by a move to Italy in this month’s window. Ander Herrera
NORRISTOWN, Pa. – A troubled teenager accused of plotting a school attack built up a stash of weapons with the help of his mother, authorities said Friday. Michele Cossey, 46, was arrested Friday on charges of illegally buying her home-schooled son, Dillon, a .22-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a 9mm semiautomatic rifle with a laser scope. The parents were indulging the boy’s interests because he was unhappy, not knowingly aiding a school assault, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor said. The parents didn’t know of the teen’s plans, but “by virtue of her indulgence, she enabled him to get in this position,” Castor said. Authorities have said they do not believe an attack was imminent and are not even certain one would have occurred. “I’m sure she loves her kid,” said her attorney, Tim Woodward. The teen, who also had a brief court appearance Friday, was ordered held at a juvenile facility while he undergoes a psychiatric evaluation. He was charged with solicitation to commit terror and other counts, but his lawyer, J. David Farrell, stressed that all but one of the weapons prosecutors put on display were pellet guns and air rifles. It is legal for children to possess air guns in Pennsylvania. Farrell also noted it is legal for a minor to fire weapons under adult supervision and said he didn’t believe the students at Plymouth Whitemarsh were in any danger. “They’re showing 30 guns on a desk that appear to be handguns and saying this was a Columbine in the making,” Farrell said. “That’s simply not borne out by the facts.” On his MySpace page, Dillon Cossey made frequent references to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and describes their 1999 massacre at Columbine High School as one of his interests. The page, headlined “Mess with the best, Die like the rest,” features tribute videos to the Columbine shooters and includes a still from surveillance video of the attack.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“This was a smart kid that clearly believes he was picked on and was a victim,” Castor said. “He had psychological issues and began to act out on those feelings.” Dillon, 14, who was arrested Wednesday, felt bullied and tried to recruit another boy for a possible attack at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, authorities said. The teen previously attended middle school in the district but had been taught at home for more than a year after voluntarily leaving school. Acting on a tip from a high school student and his father, police searched the boy’s bedroom and found the 9mm rifle, about 30 air-powered guns modeled to look like higher-powered weapons, swords, knives, a bomb-making book, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and violence-filled notebooks, Castor said. Michele Cossey bought the semiautomatic rifle at a gun show Sept. 23 and provided police with a receipt, investigators said in court papers. The teenager said the two .22-caliber weapons were stored at a friend’s house. She was charged with unlawful transfer of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of reckless endangerment, and later released on bail. She did not comment at the hearing.
ALL the selfish, self-centered actions by our local politicians that seem to work against us instead of for us, and all malicious acts committed by criminals that we read about on a daily basis, make it too easy to become cynical about our neighbors. Couple that with all the rude people we run into every day at the office, the supermarket and on the road, we wonder if there are any Vals out there who really care about their fellow man (and woman). The answer is, yes, there are, and it’s a most pleasant change of pace to have an experience with a really thoughtful, go-out-of-his-way-for-you person. It reminds us that basically most people are good, and helps to cast some of the cynicism aside. That is what happened to some of my cynicism around 9 o’clock the other morning when my phone rang. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The caller I.D. came up “private caller,” but it wasn’t the private caller call I was expecting. The man on the other end of the phone line inquired if he’d reached the residence of J.R. Rather surprised, I said yes. Under normal circumstances, I would have said, “Hold on a minute, I’ll get him,” but this was a little out of the realm of normal. Now, J.R. is extremely smart. He is self-taught when it comes to opening lever-handled doors that pull inward when he thinks he’s on the wrong side of the door. But he has yet to learn how to answer a telephone by using any of his four paws, nor has he learned to speak English, being that German shepherd is his native tongue. (Although we have become quite fluent in Arf and Wagatail.) I laughed and told the man that he had, indeed, reached the residence of J.R. Sounding either like he was in a terrible hurry, or had a no-nonsense voice, he said he found J.R.’s dog tag near the West Valley park that’s down the hill and around the corner from the house. Mr. Anonymous checked the address on the tag, and because it was too dog-dirty, he got the last half of the street name wrong. I told him the name of the street, and he didn’t seem too pleased at the location of the house. He volunteered to put the tag in the mail. I told him that would be so nice of him to do, and he practically hung up on me before I had a chance to say thank you again. Such a kindness deserves more than one thank you. I managed to get out my appreciation for his thoughtfulness just before the phone went – click! Appreciated. Absolutely. We adopted J.R. when his mother was pregnant with him and his seven brothers and sisters. A “dink” dog, the product of the mating of a brother and sister, because his thoughtless owner didn’t have either of his two dogs spayed or neutered. But, he’s the sweetest dink in the world, and that tag – if nothing else – has sentimental value since it was custom-made in the tag make ’em machine at the local pet store long before J.R. was born. Of course, it really goes without saying that we always want him wearing his tag on the off-chance he gets it into his head to take himself for a walk. And if it weren’t for Mr. Anonymous, I’m not sure how long it would have been before we noticed the tag was missing. Long ago, I got used to people saying, I’ll call you, which usually holds about as much weight as a paper cup under a boulder. So, when I got the mail a few days later, I was pleasantly surprised to find an envelope addressed to J.R. with no return address. Not any envelope mind you, but one of those thick padded ones that prevents the contents from poking through. Inside was the lost tag. Our leaders would be well served to take a lesson from Mr. Anonymous. He is living, breathing proof that in spite of all the awful things bad people do that we hear about all the time, there are still people in our own San Fernando Valley who don’t lie to us, who will do what they say they’re going to do and who will take time out of their busy day to do a kindness for a stranger. And ask nothing in return. Sandy Sand is a West Valley resident and former editor of the Tolucan. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cleo Mathis, 75, who has known the honoree since grade school, said his friend is deserving because of all the ways Heacock has served the community. “It’s the least they can do,” he said. Beside serving for 20 years on the board of education, Heacock, the co-owner of Homer R. Heacock Realty Inc., serves on the boards of the Montebello Chamber of Commerce, the Montebello-Commerce YMCA and the Beverly Hospital Foundation. He is also a member of the Montebello Kiwanis Club and the Montebello Christian Fellowship, among other organizations. “He is so respected and admired,” said former classmate Mary DeLapp Bowlin, 74. “It’s so well-deserved.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Darrell Heacock finally got his letterman jacket – 56 years after he graduated from Montebello High School. He received it during his induction ceremony Thursday to the Montebello High School Hall of Fame. Heacock, 75, who admitted he wasn’t a big enough jock to earn a jacket while a student, was surrounded by family and friends at the ceremony in the school’s gymnasium. “I don’t know if I’ve done anything more than most to deserve this honor,” he said. “I’ve just met my responsibilities as a member of the community.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Montebello High School Alumni Association selected Heacock for installation because of his dynamic leadership and his true sense of love and service to young and old alike. “He is a true humanitarian committed to every cause he serves and actively contributes time, talent and resources when called upon,” said Katheryne Nighswonger of the alumni association. The former Montebello Unified School District board of education member joined an illustrious list of Montebello High hall-of-famers that includes actor Edward James Olmos, Nobel Prize winner for medicine Dr. Bruce Merrifield, world tennis champion Jack Kramer and last year’s recipients, Dr. Eugene Odou, who graduated in 1942, and Dr. Bruce Odou, who graduated in 1945. “I was here last year honoring the Odous, and I can’t believe I’m here this year for my induction,” Heacock said. He was joined at the barbecue by a dozen of his classmates from the Class of ’51.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Safety is our No. 1 concern,” said Will Kempton, director of the state Department of Transportation, at a Saturday evening news conference near the crash site. “We certainly do not want to have anyone on that bridge if there are problems with the structure.” The intensity of the fire sparked during the chain-reaction pileup of more than a dozen vehicles caused the concrete roadway to crack, melt and explode – a reaction known as spawling. Officials said it could take days before they’re able to determine the extent of the damage and the best way to repair it. “We are going to go very methodically – 10 feet at a time – with firefighters and structural engineers to assess what exactly is the structural stablity of that tunnel,” said Deputy Chief John Tripp of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. In the meantime, Caltrans is working to devise detours and alternate routes around the impacted area, which carries about 269,000 vehicles a day. Kempton noted that with the truck lanes closed, big-rigs will be joining passenger cars on the state’s major routes. By Sue Doyle and Jerry Berrios STAFF WRITERS Motorists who rely on Interstate5 will face hellish commutes Monday and beyond as work crews scramble to repair a key section of one of the state’s busiest freeways. Caltrans crews are working around the clock in the hope of shoring up the heavily damaged truck tunnel under the Golden State Freeway through the Newhall Pass and getting the southbound lanes reopened by Tuesday morning. Because of their uncertainly over the structural safety of the reinforced concrete tunnel, officials could not say when when the northbound lanes would reopen. “It is not going to be a terrific situation by any means,” he said. He encouraged Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley motorists to ride Metrolink to downtown Los Angeles, and said the state is working with the commuter rail line to beef up service this week. “The best thing the public can do is stay clear of this area,” he said. “If you can find an alternative means to conduct your business, that is the best thing we can hope for.” For residents who lived in the region in 1994, the situation is reminiscent of the damage caused by the Northridge Earthquake, which caused the collapse of the Interstate 5 overpass near Calgrove Boulevard. Morning and evening rush hours began long before dawn and didn’t end until well after dark as commuters crawled over surface streets between northern Los Angeles County and metropolitan Los Angeles. Working around the clock, Caltrans rebuilt the overpass in less than two months. And just six months ago, state contractors earned bonuses for quickly fixing a freeway in the San Francisco Bay Area after a gasoline tanker overturned and exploded. The fire caused a 250-foot-long stretch of Interstate 580 to collapse onto the Interstate 880 roadway below. State Sen. George Runner, R-Antelope Valley, said Caltrans should move aggressively to repair the I-5 through Newhall Pass. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Controversial Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher has quit Ireland again – leaving another trail of debt behind him.Just a year after returning and setting up restaurants in Dublin and Sligo, the Letterkenny chef has emigrated to America.And not for the first time a number of his suppliers claim they have not been paid. Gallagher left Dublin just before Christmas with his wife Candice and their two children.He has set up home in Los Angeles where he is listed as a ‘restaurant consultant.’However not everyone is sad to see the back of him.Maurice Kettyle of Kettyle Meats in Letterkenny claims Gallagher, from Hawthorn Heights, owes him about €7,000 for produce he supplied to his restaurants. “He has conned the country again. If I was broke I couldn’t afford the airfare to LA let alone set up a new life there.“There were two big deliveries that went unpaid, it was about €7,000. The cheque bounced.“I contacted him a number of times and it was the same old story. Now I hear that he has left the country.“It is difficult enough to do business without this type of behaviour. I don’t know how he can take in money and not pay his debt, signs, staff and suppliers,” fumed Mr Kettyle. DONEGAL MEAT COMPANY’S FURY AS CHEF CONRAD QUITS IRELAND was last modified: January 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chefConrad GallagherKettyle Meats